Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River

9 days from $3,879 per person*
  • Hike and float along the Li River with expert guide.
  • Come face to face with the famous Terra Cotta Army with private guide.
  • Led by private guide, explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Centuries fall away as you climb the Great Wall, look down upon the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruise the serene waters of the Li River. Voyage through China's must-see highlights with private guides at every stop.

Water buffalo work the farmland on the banks of the Li river, farmers harvest lush rice paddies, children float past on school-bound rafts and fishermen capture their catch of the day. Back on land, a private tour will introduce you to the historic delights of Beijing, including remarkable Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then it’s on to a mountainous stretch of the Great Wall of China, followed by the ancient city of Xi’an where the Terra Cotta Army stands at eternal attention. Finally, put a full stop on your experience in the 21st-century city of Shanghai.

With an emphasis on private guided tours, this trip serves up an immersive experience that spans rural village life, majestic natural vistas, stirring historic sites and modern city living. Experience old and new China at its absolute best, and collect memories that will last a lifetime. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Tiananmen & Forbidden City with Lunch (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Great Wall Mutianyu with Lunch (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an
    Beijing to Xi'an
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Beijing - Xi`an [(2hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Terra Cotta Warriors with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Xi'an to Guilin to Yangshuo
    Xi'an to Guilin to Yangshuo
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Xi`an - Guilin [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Guilin - Yangshuo [(1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Dinner & Impression SanJie Liu Show - VIP Seats
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Yangshuo
    Yangshuo
    • Private Tour - Li River Bamboo Boat & Riverside Hike with Lunch (6-9hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    Yangshuo to Guilin to Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Yangshuo - Guilin [Airport (1.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Guilin - Shanghai [(2.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Tour - Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Gardens & Shanghai Museum with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Shanghai
    Shanghai
    • Private Transfer - Airport (PVG) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Beijing

To ensure a seamless experience, your guide will be waiting for you outside the secure customs area with a sign with your name on it. The guide will assist you in meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Beijing
Beijing
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing

Day 2: Beijing

Head to central Beijing with your private driver and English-speaking guide to explore Tiananmen Square and the adjacent Forbidden City. Start with a walk across the sprawling expanse of Tiananmen Square. Built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and serving as the front door to the Forbidden City, the present square is one of the largest in the world, stretching a vast 44 square hectares and featuring the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and the Mao Zedong Memorial. Many historically important moments have unfolded in this public setting.

From here, cross the street and enter through the towering gates of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the largest number of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The expansive palace complex is comprised of 9,999 buildings spread across 74 hectares and protected by a 19-foot deep moat and a 32-foot tall wall, divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation, while the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties reigned over China from the Imperial Palace here until 1924. Lunch is included today at a city center restaurant.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Day 3: Beijing

The Great Wall is by far China’s most iconic architectural wonder, captivating the imagination of generations of travelers intrigued by this feat of engineering. With your private driver and English-speaking guide, drive northeast of Beijing with your private driver to explore the Mutinayu section, located 45 miles northeast of the city. This well-preserved section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction began during the 6th century Northern Qi Dynasty, and it was restored in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (spanning from the 14th to 17th century).

An abundance of natural springs in the area give this section of the Great Wall a lush verdant ecosystem, and the rolling forested hills make for an impressive panoramic view regardless of the time of year. Take a cable car to the top of the hillside to explore the 26-foot-high granite walls. The 22 watchtowers stretch along the top of the mountain ridge as far as the eye can see, an impressive military barrier against invading forces from the north. Today's lunch is at a local restaurant near the Great Wall.

Today’s tour involves a fair amount of walking at a leisurely pace. Comfortable walking shoes and adequate protection from the sun are highly recommended.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Set out with a private guide on a half-day tour to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors. The over 7,000 Terra Cotta life size warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are China's greatest archaeological excavation. They symbolically guard the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who was the first emperor of the Qin dynasty (246-209 BC). A deluxe lunch is included. 

Accommodation: Sofitel on Renmin Square (4*)

The heritage of Xian and the classic French hospitality of Sofitel combine to creature the stunning Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square. Welcoming travelers to the heart of the city, the hotel is located very centrally within the Xian city walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, and Forest of Steles. Additionally, the airport and Terra Cotta Warriors are both a 45-minute drive away. All guest rooms are adorned with modern conveniences, indulging your senses within a chic design that perfectly complements your stay. Explore Mediterranean flavors and Moroccan, Chinese, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisines from the various selections of elegant restaurants in addition to two bars and lounges. For more leisurely pursuits, guests can enjoy the services of Touch Spa with the swimming pool Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Xi'an
Xi'an
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sofitel on Renmin Square
Sofitel on Renmin Square

Day 5: Xi'an - Guilin - Yangshuo

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Xi'an to Guilin. The flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Transfer from Guilin Airport to Yangshuo with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 1.5 hours.

Enjoy a deluxe local dinner followed by the Sister Liu Show. This spectacle was created by the Oscar winning Zhang Yimou and presents the local culture through a cavalcade of lights and cast of 500 using a private bay as the theatre and local mountains as the backdrop. This is sure to be one of the most memorable activities of your trip.

Accommodation: Green Lotus (4*)

Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature, which is also designed and established according to the standards of the national five-star hotel. The Green Lotus Hotel is adjacent to the ancient Li River Fu'an Wharf, so you can walk on the bank of the Li River without leaving the hotel. In addition, it is only about a one-hundred-step distance from the renowned Yangshuo West Street. The hotel has 333 rooms with most offering views of the river. The hotel also has Chinese and western restaurants with various types of cuisine, bars, and coffee bars. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fully furnished spa centre.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Yangshuo
Yangshuo
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel

Day 6: Yangshuo

The full day hike along the most interesting stretch of the Li River can be done in various formats. We suggest to begin in the village of Yangdi and follow the winding river as it flows downstream towards the village of Xingping. Pass en route some of the most famous landmarks of the river such as the 9 Horse Fresco. This journey includes 4 to 5 hours walking, river ferries and a short cruise. It is designed for individuals or small groups and offers a truly alternative view of this famous river as well as the rural landscapes and people who live beside it. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River is one of China's top destinations. Snacks, fruit and bottle water are included in this tour.

Accommodation: Green Lotus (4*)
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bamboo Raft
Bamboo Raft

Day 7: Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai

Transfer from Yangsuo to the Guilin airport with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 1.5 hours.

Fly from Guilin to Shanghai. The flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai (4*)

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is a historic hotel originally build in 1934. Yangtze Hotel, the predecessor of The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, decorated with lavish art deco style, this hotel was touted as “The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East”. As the social resort gathered many celebrities and movie stars, it was exactly the birthplace of the most classic and well-known song “Rose, Rose, I love you”. The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is conveniently located in People’s Square, Shanghai’s city centre and central business district, only around 30 meters away from the metro line. Perfect location enables the boutique hotel to be bordered by major cultural and entertainment highlights within walking distance, such as Nanjing Pedestrian Road, People’s Park, the Raffles City, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

Day 8: Shanghai

Spend the day visiting some of Shanghai’s most captivating sites with your private guide and driver. Start with a visit to the Shanghai Museum, treasure trove of ancient Chinese art. The museum collection features over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jade, ancient coins, paintings, seals, and sculptures. Home to eleven galleries, the collection includes several items of national importance, including one of three specimens of a “transparent” bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant showcasing Shanghai’s cuisine, then drive to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai. The statue was brought to China from neighboring Myanmar in the late 19th century, and the temple itself was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. The current temple was erected in 1928 to protect the jade statues inside. Next, drive to the Yu Gardens, the largest of Shanghai’s ancient gardens, dating to the mid-16th century. The expansive grounds feature the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with six pavilions each with their own unique design, laid out in the Suzhou style. The Grand Rockery in the center of the garden is a popular photo stop, with replica peaks, cliffs, and caves. The Yu Gardens are a year-round delightful retreat from Shanghai’s frenetic pace, as the changing seasons offer a different experience and a moment of quiet contemplation. Adjacent to the gardens is the City God Temple, surrounded by a network of local snack vendors and souvenir shops that make for a colorful walk into the Yu Garden. At the end of the day, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai (4*)
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens

Day 9: Shanghai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*): Beijing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

Sofitel on Renmin Square (4*): Xi'an

The heritage of Xian and the classic French hospitality of Sofitel combine to creature the stunning Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square. Welcoming travelers to the heart of the city, the hotel is located very centrally within the Xian city walls near many historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque, and Forest of Steles. Additionally, the airport and Terra Cotta Warriors are both a 45-minute drive away. All guest rooms are adorned with modern conveniences, indulging your senses within a chic design that perfectly complements your stay. Explore Mediterranean flavors and Moroccan, Chinese, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisines from the various selections of elegant restaurants in addition to two bars and lounges. For more leisurely pursuits, guests can enjoy the services of Touch Spa with the swimming pool Jacuzzi and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sofitel on Renmin Square
Sofitel on Renmin Square
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Green Lotus (4*): Yangshuo

Located at the foot of the Green Lotus Peak in Yangshuo, and on the bank of the Li River, Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel is a top luxury hotel integrating the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and the local minority peoples' architectural feature, which is also designed and established according to the standards of the national five-star hotel. The Green Lotus Hotel is adjacent to the ancient Li River Fu'an Wharf, so you can walk on the bank of the Li River without leaving the hotel. In addition, it is only about a one-hundred-step distance from the renowned Yangshuo West Street. The hotel has 333 rooms with most offering views of the river. The hotel also has Chinese and western restaurants with various types of cuisine, bars, and coffee bars. There is an outdoor swimming pool and fully furnished spa centre.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Green Lotus Hotel
Green Lotus Hotel
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Green Lotus Hotel Lobby
Green Lotus Hotel Lobby

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai (4*): Shanghai

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is a historic hotel originally build in 1934. Yangtze Hotel, the predecessor of The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, decorated with lavish art deco style, this hotel was touted as “The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East”. As the social resort gathered many celebrities and movie stars, it was exactly the birthplace of the most classic and well-known song “Rose, Rose, I love you”. The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is conveniently located in People’s Square, Shanghai’s city centre and central business district, only around 30 meters away from the metro line. Perfect location enables the boutique hotel to be bordered by major cultural and entertainment highlights within walking distance, such as Nanjing Pedestrian Road, People’s Park, the Raffles City, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai Front Desk
The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai Front Desk

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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